No one likes being sick, and this time of year is prime time for the cold and flu. If you happen to be so unlucky as to get sick this season, here are some dental hygiene tips to help you maintain your dental health from our family-friendly North Texas dentist.
Think Twice About Your Toothbrush
We’ve all probably heard that you should throw out your toothbrush after being sick. However, there are a couple of other solutions that you can try. If you have an electric toothbrush, then simply change the bristle heads. If you think you’re starting to get sick, then when you go pick up medicine, grab a cheap disposable toothbrush that you can easily use until you aren’t sick anymore and then just throw it away.
Use Sugar-Free Cough Drops
Those cough drops may soothe your sore throat, but all their sugar could be causing cavities to form. Just like chewing sugar-free gum is better for your dental health, so is using sugar-free cough drops when you’re feeling under the weather.
Rinse Your Mouth After Vomiting
Considerably everybody’s least favorite part about being sick is the possibility of throwing up. If you vomit while sick, brushing your teeth won’t do a good enough job of cleaning. It’s best to use mouthwash because it’s able to completely wash out your mouth AND your throat so all that harmful bacteria and stomach acid doesn’t make you more sick.
Choose the Right Fluids
They always tell you to drink plenty of fluids when you’re sick. While sports drinks might be recommended at times to help replenish lost electrolytes, they should be consumed in moderation. The best fluid to drink though will forever and always be water.
Don’t Stop Your Daily Dental Health Routine
Last up on our list of dental hygiene tips for when you’re sick is to simply maintain your daily dental health routine. That means you should still brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.
We hope that even if you’re unlucky and end up getting sick this cold and flu season that these dental hygiene tips will help you keep your dental health in check. To ensure that your mouth is still in great health, contact your local HomeTown Dental to make an appointment with our North Texas dentist.
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